Wayne Horvitz ‎– American Bandstand

Songlines Recordings ‎– SGL 1528-2
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Recorded at Studio Litho, Seattle July 19-20, 1999
Mixed at Avast, Seattle Sept. 21-22, 1999
Edited and mastered at Zen Mastering, Vancouver

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November 16, 2016
When Wayne Horvitz decided a few years ago to do a new piano record (the first leading his own group since 1987's Nine Below Zero with Butch Morris and Bobby Previte), he took his time until he found the combination of players that was just right. The wait was worth it: thanks to a great-sounding piano and studio, eleven of his distinctive tunes, and the members of his Hammond B-3 based group Zony Mash playing "unplugged", the music shines. Foregrounding melody and harmony through the gently plangent voicings of the piano/guitar front line, concise solos, and thoughtful group interplay, the program sets a leisurely pace while evoking a range of styles and feelings. Impressionistic ballads that might recall Paul Bley, Ellington/Strayhorn, Debussy, or the wistful and piquant irony of Satie, blend with mid-tempo songs likewise steeped in the history of jazz, r&b/r&r, soul, funk, blues, gospel, and the avant-garde. A chamber-jazz homage to musical roots, Forever is an open-hearted yet serenely beautiful record. ***** (five star rating)"Horvitz and co. tone things down a bit while pursuing refined elegance on delicately melodic and altogether stirring pieces such as "Ben's Music" and the gently understated "Tired". Horvitz and guitarist Timothy Young continue their enticing blend of richly stated chord voicings and sonorous unison lines on "Prepaid Funeral" as the pianist's well-placed chords and crisp delivery speak volumes. On this piece, the musicians turn up the heat as they pursue subtle dynamics and finger-snapping grooves via Horvitz' Texas roadhouse style piano articulations and Young's animated yet intentionally fragile picking and acute phraseology….From beginning to end the musicians allegorise personal sentiment without becoming morose or overly introspective…a wonderful recording.